Black Ice: The Val James Story

Black Ice: The Val James Story

Black Ice: The Val James Story by Valmore James
English | 2015 | ISBN: 1770412018 | 232 pages | EPUB | 2 MB

The first Black American in the NHL tells his story - now in trade paper

Val James received his first pair of skates for his 13th birthday and by 16, he left his home in New York to play in Canada, where he was the only black person on his junior team and, often, in the whole town. While popular for his tough play and winning personality, the teenager faced racist taunts at opposing arenas. The prejudice he encountered continued at all levels of the game. He became the first African American NHLer when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he was the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his two NHL stints, James defined himself as a team player known for his pugilistic skills.

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